Who's That Nurse?
Susan Guida, RN
Why did you become a nurse and how did you become involved with ID nursing?
Originally, I was a psychology major but found I was more interested in total health and holistic nursing. I also wanted to be able to learn new skills and obtain knowledge while working to make a difference in people’s lives.
I have been a nurse for 26 years and started working with Delta in December 2018; they have been so good to me. When I started, I knew very little about the field, but when I met the individuals, it was awesome and rewarding. I realized it was my passion to advocate for them. I also work part-time in substance abuse. There’s just a tremendous feeling about being a nurse and making a difference.
How have your experiences influenced your philosophies about nursing?
Early on in my nursing career, I had ideals like most new nurses such as using an all-inclusive approach, making a difference, seeking information, and being an advocate. Over time, my practice and treatment approach has evolved as I have realized the uniqueness of each individual and every situation. The most enjoyable part of my job is going out to the homes to see the individuals. A visit can include dancing and singing in addition to my nursing duties. This inspires me to be a better nurse.
Have you had any specific challenges since the pandemic? Can you share any tips?
I am recovering from COVID-19 and will be returning to work soon. I was in the hospital with pneumonia for a couple of days and it was pretty rough for a while. Other challenges include changes in people’s daily lives. Individuals don’t understand the serious nature of the virus or why they can’t touch their face, must wash their hands frequently, or need to quarantine, etc. The old normal is so ingrained that it is hard to create a new normal. The goal for me has been to come up with creative ways to make sure the individuals are not exposed. Cleaning or washing can be made fun and engaging, not a chore. Make a game out of it. Keep spirits lifted. Things must be individualized: what is fun for one is not fun for another.
Do you have any tips for new ID nurses?
“Get to know your individual’s uniqueness and make sure you center your care on that.” Care plans have become cookie cutter but our care plans need to have a distinctive approach. Use passion to be the nurse you were born to be.